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In this Saturday, July 6, 2013 aerial photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport, in San Francisco. The pilot at the controls of airliner had just 43 hours of flight time in the Boeing 777 and was landing one for the first time at San Francisco International. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
After three months in recovery, San Francisco General Hospital announced on Wednesday the release of the final patient injured during the deadly Asiana Airlines crash.
SF General didn't release many personal details about the woman, but the chief of surgery said in a statement that she was one of the sickest patients she'd cared for in her career.
"This hospital saved her life," said chief of surgery Dr. Margaret Knudson. "Our whole team breathed a big sigh of relief when she left. Not that we're glad that she's gone of course, but we're glad that she made it."
The woman was among the 180 passengers injured in the July 6 crash at San Francisco International Airport. Two teens were killed, and a third teenager was killed accidentally when a fire truck ran over her.
The hospital didn't identify the patient, but did list her injuries, showing that she suffered road burns over 30 percent of her body. She suffered damage to her spinal cord and intestinal wounds that prevented her from ingesting solid food for two months, according to the hospital.
When the patient was released in "good" condition on Tuesday, many in the hospital staff said they breathed a sigh of relief. "We're glad she made it," one doctor said. She was transferred to a Bay Area rehabilitation facility for further treatment.
“The work performed by our intensive care and operative teams throughout her care was amazing and directly contributed to her success. ” Knudson said. “She’s a real save. That’s what we call it when things go well. She was smiling when she left. It was a beautiful sight. “